Robert Griffin is a very experienced art and design educationalist and consultant with considerable experience in Primary, Secondary, FE and HE environments. He is currently Programme Leader for PGCE Art & Design and also has an international remit to develop opportunities for students to study in Europe along with the CanTeach (Canadian) recruitment initiative.
A Welsh speaker, Robert began his career in Secondary art and design education and took up a Head of Department role at Ysgol Gyfun Y Cymer.
He was soon appointed Head of School of Foundation Art & Design at the newly formed Glamorgan Centre for Art & Design and was key to the development and validation of many further and higher-level art and design courses. He became Deputy Head of the Art Centre and further developed international courses and modules in Portugal (Colégio da Fundação Alentejo) and in the USA through 'Craftnet's' art and design learning & innovation network of colleges.
Robert moved into the exam board field and became the Art and Design subject development officer for the WJEC exam board. Working with Ofqual, he successfully developed new specifications for GCSE, 'A' level and Foundation Art & Design. He also developed and ran many CPD art and design training events for teachers in England and Wales focusing on assessment, moderation and trends in art and design education.
In his current role at Cardiff Metropolitan University, Robert has co-developed with colleagues, SEWCTET wide training materials for student teachers and school based mentors. Through the Welsh Government he has also co-authored PISA training modules for secondary schools showing its purpose and how it can support learning and teaching. Robert has a keen interest in the 'creativity agenda' and is currently part of UCET Cymru's 'Arts in Education' working party, focusing on creative pedagogies within ITT as well as developing a new framework for arts CPD for both teachers and arts practitioners to support the government's national priorities.